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04 Sep 2013 description

New Investments Support Sustainable WASH Service Delivery

Stockholm, September 4, 2013 – Yesterday, at World Water Week in Stockholm, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Coca-Cola Company announced support for new programs under their Water and Development Alliance (WADA) that will provide over 190,000 people with improved clean water and/or improved sanitation services by the end of 2015.

12 Jun 2013 description

By Jim Stipe

Catholic Relief Services is joining 18 other international scientific and development organizations in committing to fight the spread of Cassava Brown Streak Disease (CBSD) and Cassava Mosaic Disease (CMD), both major threats to one of Africa’s staple crops.

Cassava is an inexpensive and essential part of the daily diet of many Africans. The effects of these plant diseases are potentially catastrophic, threatenting the food security of 135 million people in East Africa alone, and upward of 300 million cassava consumers across the continent.

15 Oct 2012 description
report IRIN

ADDIS ABABA, 15 October 2012 (IRIN) - Whether Africa can scale-up wheat production to meet growing demand will depend on governments’ support of local producers. A key test is whether they are willing to take on wheat import subsidies, which keep bread prices low and urban consumers happy, said experts at a recent five-day conference on African wheat production.

“Most often, politicians end up prioritizing the needs of the consumers, which is understandable, but not good for agriculture and the country in the long-run,” said an expert.

06 Jul 2010 description

Mariam lives in Dawakin Tofa, a village in Kano State, Nigeria, with her four children and six grandchildren. For Mariam and her family, Malaria is a constant worry. They have no practical protection from the mosquitoes that carry the disease and so every night they risk being bitten and infected.

17 Sep 2009 description

Washington D.C., US (PANA) - In a decade-long initiative to protect millions of families from malaria in sub-Saharan Africa, a U.S.

21 May 2009 description

Last week, UNAIDS and UNDP in West and Central Africa signed a memorandum of understanding with the Forum of Arab and African Parliamentarians for Population and Development (FAAPPD), working towards the goal of achieving access HIV prevention, treatment, care and support services for all people in the region.

More than five million people were living with HIV in Western and Central Africa in 2007.

13 May 2009 description
report World Bank
  • Malaria kills one million people each year, including 300,000 Nigerians

    - A new program will provide 60 million treated bed nets to households across Nigeria's 36 states

    - It would cost an estimated $3 billion per year to end malaria deaths worldwide

    WASHINGTON, May 13, 2009 - With Africa's largest population (estimated at 160 million), Nigeria bears a greater malaria burden than any other country in the world.

30 Apr 2008 description

HIGHLIGHTS

- World cereal production in 2008 is forecast to increase 2.6 percent to a record 2 164 million tonnes. The bulk of the increase is expected to be in wheat following significant expansion in plantings in major producing countries. Coarse grains output is tentatively forecast to remain around the bumper level of last year. Rice production is foreseen to increase slightly reflecting production incentives in several Asian countries.

19 Nov 2003 description


EL NIÑO/SOUTHERN OSCILLATION (ENSO) DIAGNOSTIC DISCUSSION